JIM BARRY THE ARMAGH SHIRAZ 2013

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Armagh holds a special place in the hearts and minds of a number of our customers with an association going back to the very first vintages in the 1980's. The price and world-wide acclaim have increased somewhat since then. Consistently regarded as one of Australia's top Shiraz. The Armagh vineyard was planted by Jim Barry in 1998 and has proven to be a superb site for Shiraz. A powerhouse wine with layers of flavours that fill the palate. Much, much too young to be drunk, this deserves another 5-8 years and then to be enjoyed over the next 20. This is regarded as a top vintage.
Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"The name of ‘Armagh’ was bestowed by the original Irish settlers who arrived in 1849, and named the lush rolling hills after their homeland. The vineyard was planted by Jim Barry in 1968 and yields less than two tonnes per acre. The soil is sandy-gravel and receives an average rainfall of 600mm per year. The vineyard lies on a north-west facing slope which acts as a natural sun trap, ensuring the fruit is always fully ripened when picked.

This wine opens with intense aromas of rich dark fruit, sweet and savoury spice, dark chocolate and dried herbs. The palate displays concentrated dark fruit flavours of blackberry and cherry, supported by liquorice and creamy mocha oak. Well weighted with firm, fine tannin in support of the abundance of persistent, lively flavour. A wine of great power, length and poise."
98/100 ​Andrew Caillard MW​ (2013 Vintage)
"Deep colour. Intense elderberry, blackberry aromas with very attractive toasty, grilled nut, roasted chestnut complexity. Concentrated and elemental with intense elderberry, mulberry, espresso, liquorice fruits; all balanced with fine plentiful graphite tannins and superb toasty, mocha notes. Finishes al dente firm but long and minerally, A very expressive and expansive wine. Destined to be a classic. Leave for a decade at least."
96/100 Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, March 2018 (2013 Vintage)
"Never the flashiest or most opulent Shiraz, The Armagh endures as a savoury classic. The 2013 Shiraz The Armagh continues in that same vein, with scents of roasted meat, scorched mulberries and hints of vanilla leading the way. It's dense, concentrated and full-bodied, with supple (almost creamy) tannins that conceal much of their power in their ripeness, without the wine ever seeming too ripe, too oaky or too fruity. Those tannins linger and turn to silk on the long finish, picking up lively red berry and orange zest nuances. Good stuff."
96/100 Campbell Mattinson, Australian Wine Companion (2013 Vintage)
"A powerhouse release. It rips, it churns, it impresses and most all: it gets on with business. Dense black berried fruits of various persuasions, coffee-cream oak, sprinkles of dried herbs and a surge of flavour and tannin to close. It's like admiring a big sea; the power complete with the glory."
94/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, April 2017 (2013 Vintage)
"Rich and black fruited, dried mint, creamy coffee nougat oak, spice and a dusting of pepper. Full bodied, but only just, with red and black berries, dried mint and sage, toasty oak, firm grainy tannin and well-settled fresh acidity. Finish is toasty and lively, with serious length of flavour. More to come."
5 Stars & 19.5/20 Raymond Chan, May 2018 (2013 Vintage)
"Very full, deep, dark, black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is remarkably elegant, but clearly immensely concentrated with deeply packed flavours of ripe blackberry fruit with dark raspberries, plums. Liquorice, Asian spices and beautifully aromatic new oak vanillins and cedar. Full-bodied, the palate is intensely concentrated with rich and layered flavours of ripe blackberries, dark, raspberries, hints of blueberries, plums, liquorice and an array of spices. This has yet to unfold and blossom to show its full richness. The fruit is supported by considerable extraction and structure, the tannins very fine-grained and flowery, but showing mouthfeel, presence and grip. The fruit and structure is underlined by sheer power and drive, and the wine carries to a very long and sustained finish that retains a sense of finesse. This is wonderfully rich, luscious, layered and elegant and needs 15-20 years to show its best. Fruit from 3.3 ha ‘The Armagh’ vineyard in the Clare Valley, vines planted in 1968, and fermented to 14.1% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 60% French and 40% American oak. The wine was first vintaged in 1985."


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